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Announcements for the weeks of Nov. 16 and 23

New Announcements

MFD training at all campuses this week

Ricoh will hold training on the new multifunctional devices (MFDs), including how to add your name to the MFD address book and scan to your email as well as other helpful tips, at 2 p.m. on the following days:

  • Today, Nov. 16, in the faculty offices area on the first floor at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, outside the administration area on the second floor at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Room 2128, the copier room, at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 227, in the faculty area on the second floor at the Newport County Campus.

Pharmacy tech program orientation

CCRI's Center for Workforce and Community Education will hold an orientation session at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Room 4212 at the Knight Campus in Warwick to introduce prospective students to its Comprehensive Pharmacy Technician II program. Learn more.

Painting CCRI red

AIDSWorld AIDS Day is Tuesday, Dec. 1. The CCRI Gender Equity Initiative encourages the college community to stand in solidarity with those affected in any way by AIDS on that day by wearing red on campus and its "Painting CCRI red" sticker.

The CCRI Gender Equity Initiative is a new on-campus effort to increase awareness and offer information and support on issues of gender and sexual orientation expression, equity and discrimination, domestic violence and sexual assault. It specializes in campus awareness, student advocacy, programming and education, and training for campus leaders. Email Gender Equity to receive a sticker and learn more.

Learn about studying abroad

All are welcome to join Dr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, chair of the Foreign Languages and Cultures Department and coordinator of study abroad programs, to explore opportunities to study in one of 30 countries through CCRI/College Consortium for International Studies Programs. A variety of programs are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters. An information session has been planned for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Students can attend via the distance learning classrooms on three of the CCRI campuses:

  • Room 4104, Knight Campus
  • Room 1332, Flanagan Campus
  • Room 200, Newport County Campus
  • Room 1118, Liston Campus

If you are not able to attend, but are interested, please email Dr. Girard.

Summer trip to Italy

Informational meetings will be held regarding the summer immersion program in Italy at the Knight Campus according to the following schedule:

  • 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 23, Room 6412.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, Room 6418.

The program is open to students, professionals and community members with an interest in Italian language and culture. For more information, email Professor Maria Mansella or visit the program website

Business plan competition

Flanagan Campus Student Government and Lincoln DECA invite everyone to view sample business plans at "A taste of business" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the rear of the cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. All are welcome to come and view student projects.

CITLA brown bag workshop

"Critical Thinking and Information Literacy," a brown bag workshop led by Cathy Poirier and James Austin as well as other librarians and faculty, will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus.

The workshop will compare critical thinking and information literacy. The session also will include discussion on how collaboration between faculty and librarians can improve the quality of your students' work while also meeting department outcomes.

Click here to RSVP.

Knight Athletics schedules

athleticsThe following home matches are scheduled:

Men's basketball

  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, vs. Notre Dame Prep (scrimmage).

Women's basketball

  • 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, vs. Navy Prep.
  • 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, vs. Monroe College.

Basketball home games are played at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Blood drives

The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold blood drives at CCRI this month.

  • Knight Campus (Lower Commons): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18.
  • Flanagan Campus (rear student cafeteria): 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 19.
  • Newport County Campus (blood mobile): 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 18.

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Events This Week

Deadline to request changes to exam schedule

The Fall 2015 final exam schedule for day classes on all four campuses is available by visiting the Enrollment Services website.

Please review the exam schedule carefully for your scheduled exam information. This initial exam schedule is a rollover from the Fall 2014 semester. If you are teaching a new course and section, your exam will not appear on the schedule and you will need to request it be added to the list. If your course was canceled for Fall 2014 but reinstated for Fall 2015, you also will need to request it be added to the schedule. As a reminder, evening classes are not included in the schedule as they are administered during the last class meeting.

When requesting exams be modified or added to the schedule, please be sure to include all pertinent course information: course subject, course number and section, CRNs, days, times, campus and instructor’s full name (example: ENGL 1010 001, CRN 36211, MWF, 9-9:50, Professor M. Braun).

While every effort is made to accommodate each request, because of the high volume of courses and limited classroom space, at times it is not possible to do so.

The deadline to request changes to the exam schedule is Tuesday, Nov. 17. The final exam schedule will be posted for student viewing the following week.

To request any changes or additions, please contact Melissa Braun, assistant registrar.

MFD training

Learn about studying abroad

CITLA brown bag workshop

Men's basketball game

Blood drives

Art exhibitions

Student Voice recital

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Ongoing News and Events

Changing Lives celebration

changinglivesThe CCRI Foundation will host its signature fundraising event, Changing Lives, “A cultural celebration through food and entertainment,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. CCRI students represent nearly 100 countries with 37 percent of the student population coming from minority backgrounds. Come taste specialties from the Mediterranean, Asia, the Caribbean and Italy and enjoy live cultural music and performances. Reservations are available online. Proceeds from this event will be used to connect students with their dreams.

Budget priority forms and guidelines for 2016-17

budgetThe forms and guidelines for requesting 2016-17 budgetary priorities are now available online. The Business Office says this process has been highly successful in informing the administration of outstanding requirements. Please forward your departmental responses to your respective division head or committee chair no later than Monday, Nov. 16. Division heads will have the first opportunity to assess and prioritize requests and forward them for administrative consideration by Monday, Nov. 30. Please remember, divisional approval does not equate to administrative approval. Notifications will be sent for any successful funding opportunities.

Message from the Purchasing Office

Please be aware that unscrupulous vendors have been contacting CCRI to "confirm" orders for printer toner cartridges. These are not valid calls. If you receive such a call, inform the caller that you are transferring him or her to the Purchasing Office and promptly forward the call to ext. 2444.

CCRI has received two such unauthorized orders within the last six weeks. This is a scam; do not respond to calls of this nature. A few tips from the Purchasing Office:

  • Be skeptical of unsolicited calls inquiring about or confirming an order for ink and toner cartridges or any other goods or services that were not requisitioned.
  • Do not answer questions to any vendor calling in regarding what kind of printer you have, etc. Once you begin answering questions, you are inadvertently confirming "your order."
  • CCRI purchases all ink and toner from W.B. Mason through the state issued MPA (Master Price Agreement) and W.B. Mason would not contact the college about such orders.

Please contact the Purchasing Office at 825-2444 with any questions or concerns regarding this issue.

Art exhibitions

'Layers' Art exhibition
'Aesop and the Texas Diaspora'

This traveling portfolio of work reflecting on Aesop's fables by artists connected through printmaking by way of Texas will be on display through Dec. 2 in Room 3500, Knight Campus Art Gallery.

Upcoming Performing Arts events

  • Applied voice students will perform at a Student Voice recital at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admission is free.
  • A Jazz Ensemble Concert featuring performances from jazz students will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admission cost is $5.

A message from the Controller's Office

Please be informed that the paper in-state travel forms no longer will be accepted starting Jan. 1, 2016. Email Jo Anne Robitaille in the Controller's Office to set up a training for the electronic submission system. December will be the last month that paper in-state travel forms will be accepted.

CITLA events

CIT workshops

The Center for Instruction and Technology (CIT) will hold fall workshops and Wednesday webinars. All full-time and adjunct faculty members are invited to attend. Visit the CIT events Web page for workshop descriptions, schedule and registration.

‘Mind Mapping’

Have you used mind mapping to brainstorm or to organize and communicate ideas with your students? Join Assistant Professor Metello Mugnai, Ph.D., from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus in Warwick to discuss uses for this technique. Mugnai will demonstrate a free tool that that will allow you to save and share your maps and works with Google Docs. Please RSVP to reserve your space.

CITLA seeking award nominations

CITLA is calling for nominations for its third annual Fostering Innovative Teaching Practices at CCRI award.

CCRI faculty members being nominated for this award should have fostered the adoption and spread of proven teaching practices and/or technologies by doing one or more of the following in the past three years:

  • Organizing and presenting workshops at Professional Development Day, for CITLA, for Faculty Technology Day and/or for their department;
  • Having established work in the scholarship of teaching and learning by publishing and presenting at disciplinary conferences;
  • Mentoring colleagues; or
  • Inviting speakers to CCRI.

Please note CCRI faculty members holding the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor within the past three years are eligible for the award.

Visit the CITLA website to learn more and download the application. Submissions must be received by Nov. 27.

Human Resources
Announcement Corner

In addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Discharge vacation and personal time

Classified employees (ESPA employees, UNAP employees and classified nonunion employees) - The Office of Human Resources has been notified by State Personnel that the last day to discharge vacation time for accruals in excess of the maximum carryover is Saturday, Dec. 26. The last day to discharge personal time is Thursday, Dec. 31.

Nonclassified employees (CCRIPSA and Board of Education) - The last day to discharge vacation time for accruals in excess of the maximum carryover is Thursday, Dec. 31. That also is the last day to discharge personal time.

If you have questions about your current balances, please contact Payroll at 825-2180.

"Mini" open enrollment period

A “mini” open enrollment period will run through Nov. 30. During this period biweekly employees have the opportunity to make changes to their medical coverage only. At this time employees can choose to enroll in the new Choice Plus Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). For more details, visit the Office of Employee Benefits website.

The updated Health Insurance Enrollment/Status Change Form can be found at

In addition, during this period, CCRIPSA nonclassified and Board of Education nonunion employees will be able to either increase their current Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contribution or elect to participate in the Health Care FSA. Click here to find out more details. Enroll by completing the FSA enrollment form and returning to the Office of Human Resources by Dec. 1.

If you need additional information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 401-825-2311.

CCRIPSA bonus project proposals

Proposals for bonus projects for 2015-16 are being accepted from CCRIPSA members through Tuesday, Dec. 1. The link for the procedures and proposal form can be found on the Human Resources Web page. The committee will make its decisions regarding initial project approval by Thursday, Dec. 31. The project bonuses will be distributed prior to June 30, 2016. Please submit completed proposals and projects to Human Resources at the Knight Campus. Human Resources will provide copies, as needed, for distribution to the committee at its meetings. If you have any questions, please contact Bev Wiley at ext. 2012 or Sheri Norton at ext. 2311.

On-site health fair

All state employees are eligible to participate in Rewards for Wellness programs and screenings, but only biweekly employees who participate in the 2014 UnitedHealthcare Plan ($250/$500 deductible plan) are eligible to receive incentives for co-share credit.

Attend a health fair at CCRI's Flanagan Campus and earn up to $150 co-share credits. The following screenings and credits are available: $50 cholesterol, $50 blood pressure and $50 Body Mass Index.

The fair will be held 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, in the rear Faculty Dining Room at the Flanagan Campus.

To reserve an appointment, call 1-877-239-3557. Attendees must bring their UnitedHealthcare medical ID card to the fair. For more information, visit

2015 SECA campaign

The 2015 State Employees Charitable Appeal (SECA) campaign for biweekly employees will run through Friday, Nov. 20.

This year, SECA pledges have gone electronic. Donations now can be made through a secure, electronic management tool called e-Pledge. You recently received an email from This email will contain a self-registration link. Once registered using your email address, you will have the ability to make a contribution. If you've made a donation previously through the SECA, you can look up the past donation history. Please note that Social Security numbers and CCRI identification numbers are not used in this process. The ID number is the same employee number issued from the state to view your electronic paystubs.

Donations can be made by payroll deduction, credit card, check or a "Bill me" option. Paper pledge forms still will be available in Human Resources. Any pledges made after Nov. 20 must be made with paper forms.

Anyone with questions should contact Melissa Murphy in Human Resources at ext. 2311.

Updated 2015-16 biweekly payroll schedule

The Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, pay date has been changed to Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, because of the New Year’s Day holiday. As a result, biweekly employees will have received payment for 27 pay periods, rather than the usual 26 pay periods, in calendar year 2015. This will be reflected on W2s. Leave accruals will be adjusted accordingly. Visit the Human Resources website to view the updated payroll schedule. Anyone with questions should contact the payroll office at 825-2291.

TIAA-CREF counseling session

TIAA-CREF representative Dan Samson will be available for private consultation meetings from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 8 in Room 2138 (President’s Office) at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

The one-on-one counseling session can help you sort things out and make informed decisions. Setting up a long-term financial plan can be a complicated task. The sessions involve evaluating your potential income sources and then factoring in the impact of taxes, inflation and the larger economic picture.

Biweekly employees who are interested in scheduling an appointment for one-on-one counseling can call 1-800-732-8353. Learn more.

VALIC retirement

Cheryl Gibson from VALIC will be at CCRI campuses according to the following schedule:

  • Dec. 2. in the Atrium at the Newport County Campus.
  • Dec. 9 in the Commons at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Dec. 14 in the Faculty Dining Area at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

To set up an appointment, call 508-259-5083 or email Cheryl.

New hires

  • Mark Giansanti has been hired as a lead programmer analyst in the Information Technology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick. 
  • Beata Lozinski has been hired as a coordinator for the noncredit ESL program in the Center for Workforce and Community Education at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Cindy Polanco has been hired as a coordinator – career counselor in the Educational Opportunity Center at the Liston Campus in Providence.

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Last Updated: 11/25/15